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Cajuns Fall To New Mexico St., 92-76, In Season Opener

Courtesy—ragincajuns.com
Travis Bureau’s 21 points was not enough to match 12 three-pointers from New Mexico State as the Aggies handed Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns a 92-76 loss in the season opener on Friday night at the Cajundome.

NMSU was impressive from beyond-the-arc, knocking down shots at a 48-percent clip (12-25).

The Cajuns had a decent shooting night of their own, shooting 44.6 percent from the floor (25-56) and 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18). But it was not enough.

Josh Brown got the Cajuns off to a fast start with a breakaway dunk for the Cajuns’ first basket which quickly turned into to a 7-2 lead. But the Aggies were able to hold the Cajuns scoreless for the next four minutes to retake a 13-7 lead.

On multiple occasions, New Mexico State built its lead to as much as seven points but each time the Cajuns would bring it back to a one-possession game. With less than five minutes remaining, UL was a three-pointer away from tying the contest. Yet the basket would not fall.

Then another three-minute scoreless streak saw the Aggies’ lead grow to 39-28 with 2:09 remaining. At the half, UL found itself trailing 42-34.

Randell Daigle opened up the second half with a three-pointer but New Mexico State’s Troy Gillenwater answered with the Aggies’ seventh trey of the night.

Three more three-pointers over the next nine minutes helped increase NMSU’s lead to16 points, 51-67, and the Aggies never looked back.

Bureau led UL on 7-of-13 shooting and had a team-high six boards. Josh Brown and David Perez both had 16 in their Cajuns debut. Perez was 6-for-9 on the night, including 4-of-5 from three-point range.

The Aggies’ size proved too much for the Cajuns as they went on to win the battle of the boards, 38-31.

Troy Gillenwater led NMSU with 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

The Cajuns will return to action on Monday, Nov. 15 as Louisiana College comes to the Cajundome. Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m. following the women’s season opener against LSU-Shreveport.

VISITORS: NMSTATE 1-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
33 Gillenwater, Troy... f 10-17   5-9    5-6    1  7  8   2  30  2  3  0  0  30
45 Watson, Tyrone...... f  1-5    0-2    1-2    1  1  2   2   3  4  2  0  2  29
32 Rahman, Hamidu...... c  6-9    0-0    6-9    3  4  7   2  18  1  2  1  0  25
13 Laroche, Hernst..... g  6-6    4-4    5-6    0  2  2   5  21  8  2  1  2  33
34 Castillo, Gordo..... g  1-5    1-5    0-0    1  2  3   2   3  4  1  0  0  31
01 Kabongo, Christian..    1-6    1-2    0-0    2  2  4   1   3  1  3  0  0  19
05 Herig, Drew.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
10 Sy, Bandja..........    3-5    1-3    0-0    1  1  2   4   7  1  0  0  0  11
15 Nephawe, Tshilidzi..    2-3    0-0    1-2    1  3  4   3   5  0  0  0  0  14
35 West, B.J...........    1-4    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   3   2  1  2  1  0   6
55 N'doye, Abdoulaye...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   31-60  12-25  18-25  12 26 38  24  92 22 15  3  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-37 35.1%   2nd Half: 18-23 78.3%   Game: 51.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-16 37.5%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 48.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-14 71.4%   2nd Half:  8-11 72.7%   Game: 72.0%    2

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HOME TEAM: Louisiana 0-1
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Bureau, Travis...... f  7-13   2-5    5-7    2  4  6   1  21  1  1  2  3  32
21 Gary, La'Ryan....... f  2-5    0-1    2-3    1  2  3   1   6  3  3  0  2  18
44 Mitchell, Javan..... c  0-0    0-0    3-4    1  2  3   1   3  2  0  1  0  16
01 Brown, Josh......... g  8-21   0-4    0-2    1  3  4   1  16  1  3  0  2  35
02 Daigle, Randell..... g  2-5    1-3    2-2    1  2  3   2   7  3  8  0  0  34
04 Farrington, Scottie.    0-1    0-0    5-8    1  3  4   2   5  0  0  0  1  15
12 Batiste, Colby......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   4   0  0  0  2  0  12
15 Perez, David........    6-9    4-5    0-0    0  2  2   2  16  1  1  0  0  23
20 Wallace, Courtney...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   4
25 Mbamalu, Bryant.....    0-2    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   4   2  0  0  0  0  11
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   25-56   7-18  19-28   9 22 31  19  76 11 17  5  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-31 41.9%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 44.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-9  44.4%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 38.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half: 15-22 68.2%   Game: 67.9%    5

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Officials: Charlie Balunek, Bruce Bell, Sidney Cohen
Technical fouls: NMSTATE-None. Louisiana-None.
Attendance: 3488
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
NMSTATE.......................   42   50  -   92
Louisiana.....................   34   42  -   76

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